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Brothers Too!, an early Saturday morning breakfast and Bible study with Pastor Pete, continues their study of 1 Thessalonians on December 3 at 1 Thess 2:9.
Meeting every other Saturday, this time of fellowship starts with breakfast from 7:30 a.m. – 8 a.m. followed by a Bible study until 8:30 a.m. Open to all men; this new opportunity is specially designed for those still working or with other obligations during the week.
December 4 at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Hope Made Real: Working While Waiting
This Sunday, December 4, we continue the preparation of our hearts and church home for the celebration of Christ’s birth and the anticipation of his second coming. This is the work of Advent, and working while waiting is our focus.
Using Matthew 3:1-12 as our guide, we will journey backward to before Jesus’ baptism, to John the Baptizer prophesying the Messiah’s coming – a Messiah already here. Now, right now, is the time to get right with God, to prepare ourselves for the kingdom that is coming, the kingdom already here.
Our time of worship at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. will include special music by Mia Ramos and also the Royal Chimers, lighting of the candle of Peace in our Advent wreath, additional decorating of the Christmas tree by our children, and a gathering around the Lord Table as we share the Sacrament of Holy Communion.
The Sisters!! continue their study of Ecclesiastes at 10:1 on December 7. The study starts with a light breakfast at 8:30 a.m. with study from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
The book of Ecclesiastes is an often ignored book of the Old Testament. Containing proverbs, maxims, and sayings, Ecclesiastes is largely an autobiographical story commonly attributed to Solomon. The author referred to as "The Teacher" had become aware of the mistakes that he made throughout his life and began to document them.
The purpose of Ecclesiastes is to spare us and future generations the suffering and misery of seeking after foolish, meaningless, and materialistic emptiness. This unique book also offers wisdom by discovering truth in seeking after God.
This will be an ongoing weekly event.
A Night with Saint Nicholas
Sunday, December 7
Everyone is invited to come and join us for a Night with Saint Nicholas, on Wednesday, December 7, starting at 4:30 p.m.
We will begin the evening sharing a light soup supper, prepared by the Brothers, who are asking for salads and bread to compliment the soups. We will then move to the Sanctuary to hear from the venerable ol' man himself, Saint Nicholas.
Saint Nicholas, Bishop of Myra, will personally share his story, from his birth and childhood in Patara, through his days as a leader of the Church. We'll hear Saint Nicholas share how he secretly left gifts of gold as a gift for poverty-stricken maidens. And we'll learn how we can be secret givers too!
Afterward, we will make some simple Advent reminders while enjoying cookies and cider.
But don't come empty handed, get crafty and design your personalized name tag, shaped like a Christmas tree ornament for your chance to win the "Best Of" award. The competition will be fierce but an opportunity will be available when you arrive as well.
Sign up online at www.palmsumc.org/signup/saintnicholas
Brothers! continue their study of the book of Luke at Luke 19:41 on December 8 at 8 a.m.
The book of Luke is a Gospel that contains varies forms of literature including narrative history, genealogy, sermons and parables. Parables are the emphasis of Luke and the writer has included some 19 of them. Luke, a doctor and a Greek Christian, wrote this record around 59-61 C.E. He accompanied Paul on mission journeys, as described in the book of Acts, which Luke also wrote.
Come join this study of this interesting prophet. All men are always welcomed!
Additional details on The Brothers! available online.
Cantata - "Go Sing it on the Mountain"
Sunday, December 11, 8:30 a.m. / 11 a.m.
The Adult Chancel Choir of Church of the Palms presents "Go Sing it on the Mountain"- a Christmas Cantata that proclaims the good news from the prophet Isaiah's proclamation, "Comfort, O comfort my people, to the final exuberant celebration: Joy to the World! Christ is born!" by composer Pepper Choplin on Sunday, December 11, at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.
We all need and ask for payer at various times and we know the power of prayer is awesome!
On non-communion Sundays we have the Laying on of Hands for Pastor Pete where you have the wonderful opportunity to go forward and pray silently for Pastor as he prepares to deliver his message.
You do not need to be asked - let the spirit of our Lord guide you - you will be blessed!
8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Hope Made Real: Working While Waiting
Cantata: Go Sing It On The Mountain
Hope Made Real: Surprise Adoption
Hope Made Real: God With Us!
(Worship at 10 / Potluck following)
Hope Made Real: We Are Family!
(Worship at 10)
Additional responds to our Forward in Faith Capital Campaign continue to come in.
God is doing great things in, through, and around Church of the Palms and EVERYONE has an opportunity to be part of it all.
Any size of sacrificial gift to the Forward in Faith Capital Campaign is a way of joining the vision God has for us as a church. The act of making a commitment is a way of being “all in” and placing trust in God.
Are you “all in?” It is not too late for you to be part of this aspect of Vision 2020. You may download a card here and simply return it to the church office.
Join us as we continue "Forward in Faith."
1425 Okatie Highway
Okatie SC 29909
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Church of the Palms is pleased to announce the introduction of an electronic option for making regular offerings, making contributions to the capital campaign/building fund, paying for books, and other donations.
Contributions can now be debited automatically from your checking or savings account or processed using your credit or debit card. Our electronic giving option, enabled by Vanco Payment Solutions, offers safety, security, and convenience for you and easier processing of funds for our church.
Vance is endorsed by the General Council on Finance and Administration.